The Horror of AIDS Virus Essay

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The Horror of AIDS Virus
AIDS is a communicable disease that has the ability to damage the immune system. A communicable disease is a type of disease that can spread from a person to a person. The immune system is a structure that conducts several processes to prevent from getting a disease. “The origins of HIV date back to the late nineteenth or early twentieth century in west-central Africa. AIDS and its cause, HIV, were first identified and recognized in the early 1980s” (What Is AIDS... 1). AIDS is the final stage of the HIV infection. The structure of HIV virus is that it has two single strands of RNA which get injected into the host cell. This retrovirus has a membrane like outer cover known as an envelope. These types of viruses can
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The final stage is AIDS for which searchers have not found cure for. “The average life expectancy from time of Aids diagnosis to death is about three years” (Packer 42). There has always been a misunderstanding about AIDS because it is new disease that we do not know much about. The people think that they can get AIDS if they touch a person with this disease which is not true. The truth is that this virus spreads by sexual intercourse with someone who is infected or has been exposed this virus. It is hard to determine if a person has AIDS or not because this disease shares same symptoms as the other diseases. AIDS is caused by a virus called HTLV-III, LAV, HIV- I or ARV. These viruses invade the helper T cells and kill them. Without helper T cells, the body of an AIDS patient becomes vulnerable to many serious infections. The AIDS virus can damage the brain because it has the ability to kill the brain cells. The time between exposure and symptoms is long, so no one can calculate the number of people that will develop AIDS because they have the virus’s antibodies. The doctors believe that the virus can be found in a body’s fluids. Anyone who is exposed to the virus is able to transmit it to others even if they do not see any symptoms. “ Since it takes from six months to five years or more after exposure for the first symptoms of AIDS to appear, there is a very long danger period in which carriers of the virus may not realized they need to

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